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  1. The shadow

    The shadow The shadow knows!

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    I find it sad that schools are no longer teaching cursive. Anyone recall a Kodak camera? With film? When was the last time you saw an honest to god typewriter? In 10 years many of the things we grew up with will be in museums. If they will still exist that is..
     
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  2. August

    August Metanoia

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    I prefer full ones myself.
     
  3. wwkirk

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    I admit, I only use cursive to sign my name. But if you don't learn cursive, how no you write a signature?
     
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  4. JahaRa

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    I have a typewriter in a box in my store room. It was my brothers. I don't know what he was using it for before he died but it still had the receipt taped to the box and he had maybe used it once. He was a computer engineer and also had computers and computer parts all over his apartment.
     
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  5. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Went to the local Barnes & Noble yesterday. Visiting a friend in the hospital and thought I'd bring him a few magazines. Actual glossy page magazines. Three of them cost $25. Jeez, been a while. Like buying greeting cards - ugh. Hot Rod, Guns & Ammo and some military combat aircraft thing. They are literally just conveyances for advertising. But, he seemed sufficiently amused so I guess that was the whole point.

    Granted it's a week day but it was sad, very sad. That place looked like a dump that's going to close. I may have been the only customer in there .

    I buy all buy books through Amazon anymore, lately a lot through Kindle. Thought I'd miss in-store browsing but not so much. Even back when I preferred Borders because whoever did the selection for science fiction had some taste rather than just filling shelves.
     
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  6. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    When I get out of bed I literally have to step over a pretty good sized pile of .45ACP and .30-06 stacked up in boxes. Just wound up there, house has been in turmoil with stuff being moved all over. I'd have to really go look but there are probably dozens of magazines and enbloc clips downstairs. There's a hobby that piles up.
     
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  7. August

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    I got a 30-30 Win , .22 mag and a .22. My grandfather taught me how to shoot and go hunting.
     
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  8. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer tall, thin, irritable

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    Very cool - I guess Tasmania doesn't have the onerous gun laws some of your neighbors have.

    Family heirloom - my great grandfather's old .22 from the family farm in Wisconsin. Circa 1915 I think. I had it fixed, needed a gunsmith with real skills to do a tricky weld. Funny thing is that old and treasured heirloom was a real p.o.s to begin with! It's a Stevens Visible Loader Model 70. Universally called a Miserable Loader :)

    If I actually need a .22 rifle I just grab the unexciting Marlin Model 60 leaning next it - it works just fine.

    This is a stock pic of a Miserable (bastard) Loader, easier than going down and digging it out.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. August

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    We never had any gun laws at all until 1999 I think. Handguns have always been registered but not rifles ect. That's a very nice old rifle. Thanks for telling me about it , never heard of one of them before.
     
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  10. wwkirk

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    I'm not an audiophile, but in terms of durability, convenience, and freedom from errors
    mp3s > CDs > cassettes > vinyl albums

    But there is at least one area in which the vinyl record is champion, and that is Graphic Art. The LP Album Cover was an excellent medium for all manner of artwork. The relatively large size makes all the difference. By contrast, the same picture on a CD case is far less attractive. There have been many excellent album covers throughout LP history.

    Remember this masterpiece?

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    Here's a couple of collections of quality album covers.
    The 25 Most Iconic Album Covers Of All Time
    The 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time
     
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  11. The shadow

    The shadow The shadow knows!

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    It's the small things:
    I see my 9 year old and 13 year old burried in their phones a lot. But then at Christmas we brought them a santa fe flyer. A train set I had when I was a boy. My 13 year old uses money he earns delivering newspapers (yep still a thing) to buy more track and buildings. It's a big layout now thanks to his efforts. And they think it's "cool and neat.."
     
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  12. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    Curious what you all pay for plate renewal for your vehicles...

    In North Carolina they go by year and vehicle value to determine annual fees for the plate and renew...My last car was a 2005 and valued at about $4200 and I paid about $60 annually...The car I have now is a 2013 and valued about $12,000 and I had a 30 day temporary tag however the dealer called me today saying he's got the annual plate for me now and the cost is $330...A local friend of mine has a 2016 truck, not sure of its value but I asked him what he pays, he said about $430 a year...

    ...
     
  13. August

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    $378.92 US for 12 months rego.
     
  14. JahaRa

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    When I lived in Texas the first time you register your plate it costs 300 to 500 depending on which county you live in (property tax), with an extra charge for immigrating to Texas if you are coming from out of state. Then after that it was about 60.00 a year.

    In New Mexico it is about 55.00 a year no matter what year your car is, because it is a licensing fee, not property tax. I remember Virginia was very expensive in the 70's when I lived there and it was property tax as well as required insurance, which didn't happen in New Mexico until the early 90's.
     
  15. pigfarmer

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    In New York I just paid about $45 each for the annual registration on my 2004 Harley and 1969 Chevy. My 2015 F150 was about $65 per year but the registration is every two years. A bit less for our 2007 Forester. Those are the basic level for the entry level plates - I might pay a couple of bucks more because I keep 'Historical' plates on the old car.
     
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  16. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    I recently purchased a 3 pack from Amazon, I shall try it this summer when I'm in the mountains camping...

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  17. Toroid

    Toroid Founding Member

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    A quality water filter is important. :)
     
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  18. wwkirk

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    Did you ever hear of the oldest known joke book (or collection), Philogelos? It's from Ancient Greece, the 4th century AD. The collection contains 265 jokes categorized into subjects such as teachers and scholars, and eggheads and fools.

    45 of the jokes are accessible via the Wayback Machine.

    Here's a sample of some that are more or less well known:

    #43. When an intellectual was told by someone, “Your beard is now coming in,” he went to the rear-entrance and waited for it. Another intellectual asked what he was doing. Once he heard the whole story, he said: “I’m not surprised that people say we lack common sense. How do you know that it’s not coming in by the other gate?”

    #57. An intellectual got a slave pregnant. At the birth, his father suggested that the child be killed. The intellectual replied: “First murder your own children and then tell me to kill mine.”

    #115. An Abderite saw a eunuch talking with a woman and asked him if she was his wife. When he replied that eunuchs can’t have wives, the Abderite asked: “So is she your daughter?”

    #187A. A rude astrologer cast a sick boy’s horoscope. After promising the mother that the child had many years ahead of him, he demanded payment. When she said, “Come tomorrow and I’ll pay you,” he objected: “But what if the boy dies during the night and I lose my fee?”

    #234. A man with bad breath asked his wife: “Madame, why do you hate me?” And she said in reply: “Because you love me.”

    #263. Someone needled a jokester: “I had your wife, without paying a dime.” He replied: “It’s my duty as a husband to couple with such a monstrosity. What made you do it?”
     
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  19. nivek

    nivek As Above So Below

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    So true...

     
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